CGIAR Research Program 3.2: Maize: Global Alliance for Improving Food Security and the Livelihoods of the Resource-poor in the Developing World
This program will help double maize productivity with essentially no expansion of maize area, through more intensive, sustainable and resilient maize-based farming systems that are adapted to climate change and to rising fertilizer, water and labor costs. Implemented by CIMMYT as the Lead Center and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria, together with over 350 public and private partners worldwide, MAIZE ensures that publicly‐funded international research contributes to more stable maize prices and to more productive, resilient, and sustainable maize‐based farming, while increasing farmers’ incomes and livelihood opportunities. MAIZE has an initial 3-year budget of US$170 million. This proposal was discussed at the 4th Fund Council meeting in April 2011 and approved with light adjustments. A later revised version is catalogued separately under Research Programs.